It’s the eternal dilemma: you want to go to a swanky bar with great views and have a few drinks, but the travel budget just won’t cut it. What do you do? You nurse the cheapest drink on the menu and admire the views with the best of them, that’s what!
Welcome to SkyBar Kuala Lumpur, on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel.
When Scott and I travel, particularly to big international cities, we like nothing better than to hunt out cool bars, particularly if they are rooftop bars or have a great view. Unfortunately, despite all of our research it seemed we couldn’t have both in Kuala Lumpur; we either had to take a rooftop bar with no view or an indoor bar with a fabulous one. We opted for the latter.
We spoke to the guy who worked on the front desk at our hostel and he agreed that of all the famous Kuala Lumpur bars, Sky Bar was definitely one of the best, partly because of the atmosphere and partly because of the view. He also suggested that because it is so expensive that we should have a few drinks at the hostel before we went (like we needed any persuasion!) and that we should put on our best clothes as there is a dress code (not a strict one, we discovered, as some girls had denim shorts on and some men wore t-shirts and shorts, although they had clearly been there since the daytime). So it was time to dig out one of the only outfits I possess in my backpack that I keep for “best” i.e. it hadn’t been sweated in and could actually pass as a smart evening outfit despite lack of an iron.